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Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103

A Sustainable Future for the Amazon?

February 16, 2015

sharkposter-230x349This month’s Conscientious Projector selection, Shark Loves the Amazon, takes us to the Amazon for a look at what it will take to protect the world’s largest but endangered rainforest and support the millions of people who now live there.  The film will show on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. 

Many still think of the Amazon as a land populated primarily by indigenous people surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, but that’s no longer a fully accurate picture. More than twenty million Brazilians have migrated there in recent decades and are themselves struggling to survive amidst modern challenges presented by deforestation, the free market economy, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Author Mark London (The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization, written with journalist Brian Kelly) offers an updated analysis and a vision for a sustainable future for the region. NOTE: The “Shark” mentioned in the title refers to Mark, who is also an attorney.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Healing the Traumatized Mind

January 15, 2015

postersmall_free-the-mindJoin us on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts for Director Phie Ambo’s stirring, beautifully crafted 2013 film, Free the Mind.  Can meditation, yoga, mindfulness and compassion play a pivotal role in treating childhood trauma, ADHD and PTSD? The pioneering work of University of Wisconsin psychologist Richard Davidson has shown that these contemplative practices can indeed aid in the healing of the human psyche and the restoring of emotional and psychological well-being. One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2006, Davidson and the stories of three of his patients are featured in Free the Mind, which follows a 5-year-old boy suffering from severe anxiety and two traumatized Iraq war veterans on their journey through life-changing experiments delving into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

Clinical psychologist Rev. Dr. Sally Howard will facilitate a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Responding to Climate Change: Innovation in Bangladesh

December 14, 2014

362199_300x300Join us on Thurs., January 8 at 7:00 p.m. for producer-director Glenn Baker’s Sundance Institute Award-winning documentary Easy Like Water.  One of the major injustices of climate change is that many of the world’s under-developed nations are facing its greatest threats, while their citizens bear little responsibility for its causes and impact. Bangladesh, the eighth most populous nation in the world, is a salient case in point. 20% of its land may be washed away by 2050 from rising sea levels and melting glaciers due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. 100,000 Bangladeshis are already being displaced each year. So it is both ironic and heartening that some of the most innovative, design-based climate change solutions are coming from this beleaguered country. Easy Like Water focuses on visionary architect Mohammed Rezwan’s project to replace flood-ravaged schools with solar-powered floating classrooms built on repurposed surplus boats, a model that Rezwan intends to expand to create floating health clinics, shelters, libraries and cinemas.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

December 11: 5 Broken Cameras and a Report from the West Bank

November 17, 2014

FiveBrokenCameras_DVD.inddIn this special program on December 11 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will show a substantial excerpt from the Oscar® nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras.  Bil’in, on the West Bank of Palestine, has been the center of an incredible resistance movement for the past ten years. Every Friday, peace marchers walk from this small hamlet to the Israeli wall in their efforts to protect their land from an encroaching settlement. Featured in  5 Broken Cameras, the Bil’in community has earned significant victories through their effective organizing strategies, including the moving of the wall 500 meters from its original location.

The excerpt will be followed by a report and community discussion led by Hector Aristizabel and Brian Biery of ImaginAction. Hector and Brian recently toured the West Bank and worked with the Popular Struggle Committee of Bil’in to develop nonviolent forms of protest and communication and the use of the arts as a creative mechanism for positive change. The event, cosponsored by All Saints Church’s Middle East Ministry, takes place on Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts and will include a photo exhibit chronicling Hector and Brian’s journey.

The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The High Stakes of Real World Monopoly

October 19, 2014

PAY-2-PLAY-PosterFilmmaker John Wellington Ennis delves deeply into the subject of big money in politics in Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, this month’s Conscientious Projector documentary screening on Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. In the days following this year’s midterm elections, the overarching influence of money in politics will certainly be a major topic of analysis. Using the popular board game Monopoly as a recurring metaphor, writer-director Ennis explores how billionaire donors like the Koch Brothers and others, enabled by Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon, influence both our electoral and legislative processes through widespread campaign contributions to candidates who share their anti-government views, while dedicated grassroots activists and artists work diligently to change the game and resurrect democracy as we have known it.

Executive Producer Holly Mosher will join us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Documentary Puts the Mass Incarceration of African-Americans on Trial

September 15, 2014

General poster 5-6-13 jpg_0On Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. at Armory Center for the Arts. The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this summer and the accompanying public protests and militarized law enforcement response should dispel any notion that Americans now live in a post-racial society. The more enlightened media coverage of Ferguson alluded to even greater evidence that racial injustice has reached epic new heights–through the mass incarceration of African-Americans in what has increasingly become a privatized, for-profit prison system in this country. This revealing documentary takes a bold, comprehensive look at the intersection between race, poverty and the hugely disproportionate imprisonment of people of color.

Director Matthew Pillischer examines Pennsylvania’s justice system as a microcosm for the nation and presents an array of reform activists and scholars to define the film’s broad range of attendant issues. Michelle Alexander, author of the groundbreaking The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is prominently featured.

A discussion follows, facilitated by Jeanette Miyamoto of LA Voice, a lead organization supporting November ballot Proposition 47, which would reduce most “serious and nonviolent property crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors. Representatives from the Pasadena/Altadena Reintegration Council (PARC) join us to report on their community work with recently released prisoners. COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) cosponsors. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector for September, 2014: Which Way Home

August 18, 2014

UnknownIn the past two months, our national debate on immigration has been largely driven by angry protests over unaccompanied children from Central America traveling hundreds of miles on their own to cross the U.S./Mexico border. Calls for the immediate deportation of these vulnerable young refugees have been loud and persistent, while supporters have undertaken humanitarian efforts to house and care for them and connect them with family members while they remain in this country. This dangerous trek was vividly portrayed in the multiple award-winning 2009 film, Which Way Home, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Its relevance to today’s crisis is stark and undiminished. Conscientious Projector screens it on Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Director Rebecca Camisa focuses on children making their way north on a freight train they call “The Beast,” leaving loved ones behind in order to flee the violence, poverty and desperation in their native countries.

Rev. Francisco Garcia, Director of Peace & Justice Ministries at All Saints Church and a longtime immigrants rights activist, leads a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

 

 

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